A LONG-running Wyre Forest charity will mark their golden milestone next year with special fundraisers and events.

Kemp Hospice will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, marking half a century of providing care and support for families and people affected by life-limiting illnesses and bereavement.

Heidi Hawkins, Chief Executive at Kemp Hospice, said: “2019 is a very big year for us here at Kemp Hospice, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

"We’ll be putting on some amazing events (including a music festival called Kempfest and a dragon boat race), launching new ones like our Christmas Tree Recycling scheme that runs from the 11th to 13th of January and revamping some classic events such as Midnight Walk and our Santa Fun Run to give them extra sparkle and shine. We’ll also be embarking on our next five-year strategy, ensuring that Kemp continues to provide our unique care and support into the future.

“It’s incredible to believe that it’s been a whole five decades since the original founders decided to support very poorly people in their own homes.

"Kemp was established in 1969 in Wolverley by a group of forward thinking people, at the dawn of the modern hospice movement.

"Kemp has grown a lot in this time but here we still stand today, carrying on that important legacy of providing care and support to the people in our local community at a time when they need it most."

It costs £1.5million a year to operate Kemp, with around eighty percent of funding coming from fundraising on local support.

People wanting to find out more about the charity, and their golden anniversary year, can visit their website www.kemphospice.org.uk.